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Favre is apparently calling it quits -- again

Brett Favre is apparently calling it quits - again.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Favre has started to tell Vikings' personnel that he won't return. The A.P. also quoted a source as saying the 40-year-old Favre is about to hang it up. And other reporters say Favre has sent text messages to Minnesota teammates saying quote, "This is it."

Vikings' coach Brad Childress had a news conference scheduled for later today, but nobody in the organization has commented. And neither has Favre's agent Bus Cook. Favre turns 41 in October, and he's apparently passing up a 20th N-F-L season. He was a backup for a year in Atlanta before being traded to Green Bay, where he won a Super Bowl in 16 stellar seasons with the Pack.

He retired in 2008, only to play for the New York Jets that fall. He retired again, and changed his mind and signed a two-year deal with Minnesota last August. Favre injured his left ankle in the N-F-C Championship Game against eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans.

He had surgery on the ankle a few weeks ago, which left opening the possibility of his returning. But last week, he said the ankle remained sore - and other reports said it wasn't healing the way he had hoped. Childress had given Favre until mid-August to report to the Vikings' training camp, which started late last week.